The Revillagigedo Archipelago –North America’s Largest New Ocean Reserve Protects Astounding Biodiversity (WATCH Today’s ‘Galaxy’ Stream); The Daily Galaxy

Mexico – Archipiélago de Revillagigedo

On November 24, Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto designated a spectacular uninhabited region of the Pacific Ocean at the southwestern coast of Mexico, the Revillagigedo Archipelago, a region as a protected area. Uniquely rich in marine biodiversity, the area is North America’s largest marine reserve, at nearly 58,000 square miles (150,000 square kilometers).

The islands—Socorro, Clarión, San Benedicto, and Roca Partida—are located where the cold waters of the California current converge with the warm waters of the North Equatorial current, creating upwellings that bring nutrients from the bottom of the ocean to the surface. These nutrients help feed 366 species of fish—26 of which are endemic, meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world—as well as 37 species of sharks and rays.

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